Vietnamese Chicken Salad #SaladBar

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I was elated to see that September’s Salad Bar theme was Asian Salads. I adore noodle or cabbage salads with soy sauce, sesame oil and even peanut butter. I was contemplating which type to create when this Saveur recipe  for Vietnamese Chicken Salad appeared in my inbox. Loads of shredded veggies and chicken were dressed with lime juice, fish oil, rice wine vinegar and canola oil. It was intriguing and I knew I had to test it out.

When gathered with my sisters a few years ago, we made a Vietnamese Noodle Bowl with quite similar ingredients. This Vietnamese Chicken Salad is heavier on the veggies and sans noodles. Perfect for my lunches during the week. And I could easily make it my dinner, too, but the picky fellow I live with likes his meat and potatoes, rib-sticking type dinners.  Using shredded rotisserie chicken or leftovers makes for speedier prep.  Chock full of veggies, chock full of flavor! Shake it up with your favorites. I’d up the bell peppers, add sugar snap or snow peas…the sky’s the limit.  There’s no excuse not to add this healthy entree salad to your menu!

Vietnamese Chicken Salad


    Adapted from Saveur

    • 2 jalapenos, minced or sliced very thin
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • 1 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
    • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
    • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
    • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 1 small onion, thinly sliced (I used a sweet Vidalia onion)
    • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
    • 4 cups shredded napa cabbage
    • 2 carrots, julienned
    • 1 red bell pepper, julienned
    • Freshly ground black pepper
    • Cilantro, for garnish
    • Chopped mint, for garnish


    1. MInce or slice jalapenos (I wear disposable gloves Add garlic, sugar, rice wine vinegar, lime
    2. juice, fish sauce, oil, and onion. Mix
    3. till sugar dissolves. Add shredded chicken, shredded white cabbage, red bell pepper,and carrots.. Season with freshly ground black pepper, mix, and garnish with cilantro and mint if desired.

    Yield: 4 servings

      Total time: 15 minutes


        Nutrition Facts
        Serving Size
        Amount Per ServingAs Served
        Calories 1151kcal Calories from fat 559
        % Daily Value
        Total Fat 62g95%
        Saturated Fat 8g40%
        Transfat 0g
        Cholesterol 210mg70%
        Sodium 4728mg197%
        Carbohydrate 70g23%
        Dietary Fiber 12g48%
        Sugars 46g
        Protein 81g

        Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

        Total FatLess than65g
        Sat FatLess than25g
        CholesterolLess than300mg
        SodiumLess than2,400mg
        Total Carbohydrate300g
        Dietary Fiber25g
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        1. I love Vietnamese salad. It’s a favorite on a hot day. I’ve got lots of different kind of mint and I use it in the salad as well as a garnish.

        2. A very colorful and tasty salad! Happy Weekend:@)

        3. Beautiful!

        4. I want to try the asian flavors in a coleslaw and this salad has the right dressing! With chicken it’s the perfect lunch Liz.

        5. This looks delicious! I love Asian salads, fresh lime juice makes the salad more refreshing!

        6. You’re right. No excuse. Looks delicious!

        7. I love Asian salads too, they are so refreshing. Love the jalapenos in here! Pinning!

        8. This looks fabulous, Liz…thank you for sharing! It’s still in the low 90s here, so we’ll be eating main dish salads for a few more weeks in Texas. This will be on our dinner menu very soon!

        9. Sounds delish, Liz. And I love your pretty salad bowl. So cute!

        10. A stunning display for your salad. I love all of the flavor combinations

        11. That skinny chick can bake AND make salads! Score! Great salad for the group today!

        12. Beautiful presentation. I can’t wait to give this salad a try. I’m loving all the veggies in it plus the chicken and jalapenos!

        13. This sounds wonderful! I love jalapenos and have a bunch in my garden right now, so this is on the must try list!

        14. Gosh how I love fresh and crisp Vietnamese flavors, Liz. You captured them in this salad so perfectly. I have been on a salad bandwagon recently and this chicken salad would be a satisfying yet healthy lunch. See you in Seattle in less than a week now.

        15. Tasty and refreshing salad !
          btw, i would love it even more with grilled chicken breast…
          the combination of fish sauce and cilantro is smacking delicius, especially when you add some tamarind paste!

        16. I love chicken salads, beautiful presentation!

        17. I love goi ga. And since you are going to be in Denver the best in all the world is at New Saigon on Federal Blvd. If you have time, do it! I could live on it!

        18. Secret? I enjoy salads at lunch for it helps keep the cake activity in check. Better yet, I adore Asian inspired dishes. Thanks for the recipe Liz…can’t pin it fast enough!

        19. This salad looks really flavoursome and delicious 😀

          Choc Chip Uru

        20. Very healthy, fresh salad with great flavors!

        21. Yum, Liz! I too am a Asian salad fan, I could eat this type of salad every day. Yours looks wonderful!

        22. Your salad looks and sounds sooo good, Liz. It is very reminiscent of a salad served at LYFE which uses Chef Art Smith inspired recipes. (He was Oprah’s chef.) Your family does very well indeed at mealtime =)

        23. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen says:

          This salad looks wonderful!! I wish I could make salads like that!

        24. What a great salad!! I love the flavours in this one 🙂

        25. That salad looks simple but delicious – thanks for the recipe!

        26. So light, crunchy and delicious!

        27. I will try this immediately.

        28. I will have to try this out! My boyfriend loves the asian chicken salad from Chin Chin’s in La and this will be right up his alley! 🙂

        29. Oh I like this! My salads have been a bit boring lately and this is the perfect pick me up they need.

        30. You just have such a way with food – in making it look so pretty and tasty!

        31. It looks so neat, and such a pretty salad. Love vietnamese flavors.

        32. Such an array of wonderful Asian salads, love your Vietnamese chicken salad Lizzy, so light and refreshing and the salad dressing is absolutely perfect to have it on the side and let each person use as much, or little as they want! Printing this one out…thanks! xo

        33. Dear Lizzy, This sounds like my kind of salad. I know I would absolutely love it.
          Blessings dear. Catherine xo

        34. What a healthy salad and I love the Asian flavors and all of the different textures! This is a keeper!

        35. Mary @ Fit and Fed says:

          Lots of good veggies and flavors, definitely healthier than a noodle-based salad!

        36. That looks wonderful, Liz! These types of salads are still on my list to try so I’m saving this one.

        37. What a beautiful presentation – it looks simply delicious – wonderful flavors:))
          Mary x


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